Skype Has 3D Video Calls Working "In the Lab" But is Unsure About a Public Launch

By Gary Cutlack on at

While Nintendo and the BBC are ditching 3D for the forseeable future, Microsoft's Skype messaging tool is looking to embrace the tech at some point with bosses claiming it's been experimenting with 3D capture and messaging in order to create a convincing "body double" effect.

Mark Gillett, Microsoft's corporate vice-president for Skype, told the BBC: "We've done work in the labs looking at the capability of 3D screens and 3D capture. We've seen a lot of progress in screens and a lot of people now buy TVs and computer monitors that are capable of delivering a 3D image. But the capture devices are not yet there."

Skype's engineers say the problem with 3D messaging is the need for multiple, precisely-calibrated cameras at the capture end of the process. But it may come soon, as Gillett says: "We have it in the lab, we know how to make it work," but the tech team has yet to come to any decision about a timeline for introducing it to the world. [BBC]